The Matador

The Matador

Richard Shepard (2005)

93min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Pierce Brosnan leaves the character of James Bond behind with this black comedy in which he plays a hitman undergoing a midlife crisis of conscience. Meeting Greg Kinnear's crestfallen businessman by chance in a Mexico City hotel bar, Brosnan takes solace in the everyday problems of this average Joe, and an odd friendship soon develops. This rather risky relationship proves of mutual benefit, though it takes a reluctant Kinnear quite some time to realise it - particularly when a burnt-out Brosnan turns up on his suburban doorstep. Brosnan overplays his part, while Greg Kinnear underplays his, but Hope Davis (American Splendor) strikes the right balance as Kinnear's slightly wacky wife. The film could perhaps have been a little sharper (one more rewrite wouldn't have gone amiss), but it's entertaining stuff, and Brosnan blatantly derives much pleasure from sending up his most famous role.

Summary

A lonely, burnt-out assassin strikes up an unlikely friendship with a down-on-his-luck businessman he meets in a Mexican bar. However, as the hitman's personal crises interfere with his work, he is forced to turn to his new friend to help him carry out a killing. Black comedy, starring Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear and Hope Davis.

Cast & Crew

Julian Noble Pierce Brosnan
Danny Wright Greg Kinnear
Carolyn "Bean" Wright Hope Davis
Mr Randy Philip Baker Hall
Lovell Dylan Baker
Phil Garrison Adam Scott
Genevieve Portia Dawson
Mr Stick William Raymond
Radio DJ Arlin Miller
Ten-year-old boy Jonah Meyerson
Director Richard Shepard
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista Guidance: Contains violence, swearing and sex scenes. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 3 Mar 2006

Comedy

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